Search Google Appliance

Bridgewater State University - logo

CASE

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education

PreK-12 Teachers

CASE programs provide professional development for PreK-12 teachers and hands-on experiences for PreK-12 classes.

Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 Teachers 

Please use this page to view upcoming and current professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers.
 

Summer 2017:

Macro to Micro Professional Development for Teachers

Macro to Micro teacher training course will be held in the Boston area at Bridgewater State University October 28 and 29, 2017. It is offered by Lichen Labs and Biomimicry New England, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, for seventh grade life science teachers and informal educators. It will introduce teachers to biomimicry and microscopy and take them through the process of collecting samples in the field, microscope observation and doing a biomimicry design project. Teachers will then teach the Macro to Micro course in their classes during the next school year. They will receive lesson plans and course materials and be able to send samples for remote light microscope and scanning electron microscope viewing from their classroom. Please see the couse flyer.

Dates: October 28 and 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $55
Credit: 20 Professional Development points
Registration: Please use this website to register. Financial policies can be found on the registration site.
Funded Prerequisite: Biomimicry 3.8 Foundational Course~3-4 Hours online self-study.

 

The Curriculum

Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature is a STEAM educational experience that is based in Biomimicry and Microscopy. The program has been designed for 7th grade life science classes and supports common core standards. It teaches emulation of nature’s designs with a focus on structures and mechanisms at the micro and nano scale, not visible to the human eye. The educational experience is both student centered and nature centered.

Training and Lesson Materials

Educators will learn how to utilize the Macro to Micro curriculum in their classes in the upcoming year. They will receive information on the subject matter and logistics, and gain insight from a Boston middle school teacher who taught the course in the past school year.

 

The course will include lecture, field trip and STEAM experiential learning components. Participants will be taken outside to a natural area where they will immerse themselves in nature. They will be guided through a process and invited to observe the natural surroundings through visual, auditory, or sensory perceptions. Participants will choose an organism, plant part, insect, or other natural artifact to observe, study and draw. Teachers will receive instruction on specimen collection for microscope examination, then collect and prepare specimens for examination themselves. Highlight samples will be examined using both a stereo light microscope and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The class will later remotely log into a SEM to see highly magnified micro and nano structures on their organisms, and ask questions and make observations about the organisms, structures and processes they discover.

An adaptation seen on the micro-scale will be researched on websites like asknature.org to understand the function (strategy and mechanism) of this adaptation for helping the organism with a specific challenge. Educators will generate ideas and drawings of a new product that emulates the engineering concepts from the adaptation observed in nature, to solve a human challenge in an ecofriendly way. They will capture their photos, research and drawings in a report and poster. Teachers will present their posters, receive feedback and participate in discussion and Q&A on the process.

Program Faculty

Sue Okerstrom, Owner and Chief Technologist, Lichen Labs LLC, a biomimicry and microscopy lab and consulting business; Certified Biomimicry Professional; MS in Biomimicry from Arizona State University; MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota

Kris Grymonpre, McCormack Middle School Dorchester, Science Teacher; Boston Public Schools; Master of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; BS in Chemical Engineering, MIT

Lesson Materials & Future Scanning Electron Microscope Remote Sessions

The course will include lesson plans, associated materials and support for teaching 1 – 4 classes in Macro to Micro in 2017-2018. Course will also include SEM class sessions with individual course participants and their classes.

Chemistry Lab Professional Development for MiddleSchool and High School Teachers

The Department of Chemistry at BSU and CASE invites middle school and high school STEM educators to an exciting day of professional development laboratory experiences! Participants can select from one of four lab activities covering Green Chemistry,Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry or Materials Science. You will be immersed in research laboratory activities conducting Project-Based Learning experiments. You will work as a team solving problems, have hands-on access to BSU teaching and research equipment, and network with BSU faculty, students and each other. BSU faculty will serve as mentors, and our chemistry students will serve as “Teaching Assistants” guiding you through the experiments. 

Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: $30
Credit: Certificates of Completion for 6 clock hours with the opportunity to earn an additional 4-6 clock hours.
Registration: We are no longer accepting enrollments for this workshop. Financial policies can be found on the registration site.

Dr. Ed Brush: "Applying Green Chemistry Principles in the Chemistry Laboratory". Green Chemistry is the science about making smart, evidence-based decisions in the design, production and use of chemicals and chemical products. Participants in this lab activity will learn about the basic principles of green chemistry, work together in applying these principles to basic chemical reactions, analyze your product using BSU research equipment, and evaluate the efficiency and success of your process. All experiments can be adapted to the high school laboratory.


Dr. Cielito (Tammy) DeRamos King: "What made Bubbles sick?"  In this investigative lab, participants will be faced with a scenario where an aquarium in the "Environmental Chemistry Lab" (ECL) has been chemically sabotaged. Working together, they will need to find the culprit, i.e. the chemical that made the fish named Bubbles sick. Participants will be expected to form a set of hypotheses as to what’s causing Bubbles’ ailment, then test their hypotheses by conducting a number of experiments using simple and modern equipment. The experiments can be divided into two sets: one suitable for adaption into the middle school science lab, and another into high school chemistry lab. Examples of experiments include separation of mixtures using chromatography, and chemical reactions followed by spectroscopic analysis of products.

Dr. Samer Lone: "Biochemical chromatography for separating macromolecules". Chromatography is a common laboratory technique that allows for the analysis and separation of both small molecules and macromolecules. Two of the most common biochemical chromatography methods involve separating macromolecules based on their size and molecular charge. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of size exclusion and ion exchange chromatography. Then, students will be challenged using a hands-on activity to separate a mixture of multi-sized/charged macromolecules. The laboratory technique can be adapted to middle or high school students. The complexity of the technique can easily be increased/decreased by the number of different molecules contained which would need to be separated within mixtures.

Dr. Saritha Nellutla: "What is so special about nanoparticles?" In this lab, participants will explore the effects of size reduction in metals. Specifically, they will synthesize silver nanoparticles of various sizes using environmentally friendly reagents and characterize them using UV-visible spectroscopy. Effects of size reduction on physical and chemical properties of silver will be discussed. This experiment can be adapted into high school chemistry and/or physics labs.

 

CH560 Matter: From Atoms to Macromolecules: We are no longer accepting enrollments for this course.    

This course is offered through Raising the Bar, a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools, Bridgewater State University and Teachers21. The mission of MMSP is to promote math and science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. This is the final graduate course offered from BSU to Randolph and Braintree schools as part of the Raising the Bar for All program. While this course is offered first to Randolph and Braintree teachers, teachers from other districts may still submit their names for possible enrollment. The enrollment period for Randolph and Braintree teachers ends May 31. Other teachers who submit their information will be contacted after May 31 regarding availabilty of open seats. We are no longer accepting enrollments for this course. 

Dates: Face-to-face course dates are June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 28 (presentations of curriculum units will be done on July 28).
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (7 hours of instruction, 0.5 hour lunch), for a total of 6 days, plus 3 hours of online work = 45 course hours.
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: None. Teachers will earn 3 graduate credits from BSU and will be paid the district hourly rate for 24 hours of PLC meetings.
 

 

Fall 2017:

BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Cancer Biology for In-service Teachers

Offered in collaboration with CASE and Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. For course description, registration, and more information, see the course flyer

Dates: Throughout Fall Semester: September 6th - December 13th 
Time: Thursdays 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: Graduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $325. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Cancer Biology for Pre-Service Teachers 

Offered in collaboration with CASE and Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine. For course description, registration, and more information, see the course flyer.

Dates: Throughout Fall Semester: September 6th - December 13th 
Time: Thursday's 4:45 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: Undergraduate student tuition and fees are reduced to $325. Students will be billed in full, and then fees will be adjusted.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program.

Other Professional Development Opportunities for PreK-12 teachers

Additional Professional Development opportunites are available through CityLab, Watershed Access Lab, Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative and Engage in Math programs.  For more information on professional development offered through CASE, please click here.